January 2017
Evaluate criteria to decide between conventional & reduced-tail-swing crawler excavators
Most contractors would agree that crawler excavators are a staple product in any construction company’s fleet. These machines regularly handle the heavy digging, lifting and loading in a variety of construction applications. There are two tail-swing types: conventional tail swing and reduced tail...
Look to organizations to satisfy training needs for your workforce
Quality construction depends, in large measure, on the skill of crews involved in the project process and the quality of materials used. Construction business owners are continually seeking to make operations more efficient and more competitive. Investing in training and developing programs for...
What’s the most disruptive technology facing your construction company in 2017?
Angelo Langadakis III, ESq. Law Office of Angelo Langadakis III, P.C. Automated field measurement with simultaneous CAD and BIM integration for project managers among all trades is likely to be the most disruptive technology in the construction industry over the next 30-year period. Reduction...
5 questions to help you find the best fit for new compaction equipment
Compaction equipment is not always the most favorite equipment on the jobsite, but it should be. Soil compaction is a critical component in construction. Compaction reduces the voids in the soil material to create a solid foundation for the project, and it ensures the durability and stability of...
A primer on setting goals & building a strategy to improve operations
How does your company’s labor output compare to the competition? How can you achieve improvements when labor productivity in the industry remains static? Benchmarking is a method of improving performance in a systematic way by measuring and comparing performance against others. It involves the...
Digital transformation in the wake of OSHA fine increases
Employees operating heavy machinery know the dangers surrounding working with tools, many of which have the ability to scorch, cut and tear metal in an instant. Unfortunately, simply knowing the dangers doesn’t mean that accidents won’t happen. The best way to prevent accidents is by ensuring that...
Successfully resolve the problem & preserve group harmony
To successfully navigate conflict on the jobsite, general contractors and project managers must be able to confront team members and stakeholders in a positive, productive manner. Whatever the situation—whether two people are actively quarreling or one person’s behavior is impacting the entire...
How to guide the next generation of leaders to find the right opportunity
I spend most days interacting with our industry’s next generation of leaders, and often have the opportunity to discuss with them their future plans. When the conversation turns to career paths, the typical response involves working as a project manager for a general contractor (GC). While that is...
A glimpse of the trends shaping the strategy in 2017
The new year comes with both an equal balance of guarded optimism and nervous trepidation. The election cycle has concluded, and the only inalienable truth that everyone can agree on is the satisfaction of no more political advertisements blotting the airwaves. However, regardless of affiliation or...
2 changes to the construction space that will significantly impact your company this year
The new year ushers in many changes for both the construction sector and the United States economy overall. Business owners are looking to many different sources, including President-elect Donald J. Trump and a broad swath of new jobsite solutions, to plan their strategies for 2017 and the near...
Protect crews, equipment & the environment with composite matting
Over the past several years, market research has shown the increasing use of composite matting on a variety of projects and applications, including to create temporary roads and work pads in challenging environments. Research points to an uptick in demand due to the advances in composite matting...
2016 insurance market observations & predictions for the new year
Currently, the construction insurance marketplace, excluding health insurance, proves to be a favorable environment for the insurance buyer. According to industry experts at risk management and commercial insurance brokerage firm Cavignac...
Trends & changing barriers your business will face this year
All things relative, 2017 finds the construction industry doing quite well. The industry has largely recovered from the Great Recession and is moving forward. Construction in the United States has historically been considered a highly cyclical activity. Beginning in about 1991, suddenly,...
Identify the priorities on your company’s list & start making changes in 2017
A professional football team that starts a new season without addressing areas for improvements probably will not develop a winning season or a better record. A group leaving for a cross-country trip without a plan, a map, a list of needs or the right resources might end up with problems. At...